Red Squirrel | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Red Squirrel

Sciurus vulgaris


  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

There were once around 3.5 million Red Squirrels in the UK, a figure which has dropped significantly to an all-time low of around 120,000. Various factors have contributed to the decline in numbers with the introduction of the Grey Squirrel having had the greatest impact, spreading disease, exhausting available resources and quickly reproducing.

Native Range →

Throughout Europe, Russia, Mongolia and Northern China

Natural Habitat  →

Coniferous forest, deciduous forest and mixed forest

Diet  →

Seeds, acorns, fungi, bark, occasionally eggs and young birds

Life Expectancy  →

Around 6 years in the wild. Up to 10 years in zoos

Breeding  →

1-7 young from a 38 day gestation period

Group Name  →

Unknown

Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Loss of habitat, hunting, disease

Fun fact

Red Squirrels can be right or left handed when holding a pine cone!

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